About the Board of Directors
Dr. Sarah Nadimpalli is the Director of SIREN Women’s Cooperative and draws upon her community health and research experiences to develop personal and professional talk topics for members, creative collaboration with local community and business organizations through relationship-based networking, and spearheads the Ready to Work Exchange which provides mentorship for women who are in need of developing job interview skills.
Dr. Nadimpalli has developed deep community organizing roots through almost 15 years of practice as a community health nurse in public health clinics, schools, and medical specialty offices. In 2011 she received her PhD in Nursing at New York University and utilizes a community-based participatory approach in conducting her research. Dr. Nadimpalli has led numerous focus groups on a range of topics that evoke the rich, lived experiences of individuals and communities.
Suzanne Ramponi (Secretary Board Member)
Katy Annulli (Treasurer Board Member)
Nicole Lewis (Board Member)
Board member bios forthcoming!
Founding Members (2018)
Katy Annulli • Nancy Bixby • Caitlin Clement • Joy Elvin • Lori Hawks • Jamie Heller • Dina Karousos • Nicole Lucenti • Suzanne McDonald • Meaghan Moe • Sarah Nadimpalli • Katie Ouellette • Sarah Richards • Suzanne Ramponi • Rachel Rosenzweig • Abigail Rowe • Kathy Saleh
•Honorary Founding Member: The Green Grocer, John & Aly Wood
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Account Executive, Commercial Insurance
Dr. Jennifer D. Berton
The Rose Center for Learning
Xoli’s Extreme Cleaning
Newport Partnership for Families
Rhode Island State Representative
TOP The Organic Project
Tenth Gate Center for Yoga & Meditation
Island Art Spot
The Pennfield School
The Pennfield School
Sacred Path Reiki
Gustav White Sotheby’s Realtor
Owner, PULSE Gym
The Robin's Egg
An Upscale Children's Consignment Boutique
Angels & Insights
#NIMRI Networking-learning Community
Your Marketing Solutionist
Tanja Melendez Lynch
Publisher at Newport Neighbors Magazine
Your Soul Discovery
Roots and Wings for Kids
Melissa Richter Bowley
Fireseed: Center for Transformation
Professional at Roger Williams University
Weatherly Tile & Stone
Newport Living and Lifestyles
Mary Ann Kossak
Testimonials - Sounding the Alarm!
I love Siren. I am a founding member and the organization has developed into a wonderful welcoming and inclusive group. I have made friends and I especially enjoy the casual but professional talks and social events. There is definitely something for everyone as SIREN is comprised of a welcoming, diverse, and friendly group of women. -Joy Elvin
SIREN has been such an amazing thing to happen to me this year… I lead a talk on being a part of a “Dynamic Duo” of working women and never expected to see my colleagues and friends in so many new ways as a result of preparing for this talk. I have also been thrilled to bounce some of my business ideas off of group members and find that I am truly part of a supportive community with SIREN. -Jenny Williams
I want to thank you for welcoming me into the co-op with open arms. Every event was enriching and eye-opening, and every woman I met embodies exactly what SIREN is about. You truly do have a group of women who are based around kindness, helpfulness, empathy... and most importantly without judgement. You have also been an incredible role model for a young female like myself trying to make it in the professional world.
I was comfortable in my place of business and working in solitude in my office. However, part of my desire to join SIREN was about getting out of my comfort zone and learning about what other businesswomen were up to in my community. I am very glad I took this step! -Reinette Fouriner
I have been a sole-proprietor of my own business for 18 years. This is the first time I’ve ever joined a professional group and believe it is exactly what I was looking for. Real conversations, support, and a welcoming atmosphere make SIREN unlike any other group I’ve researched becoming a part of. -Gaye Weatherly
I benefitted from the experience of developing my resume with skills and strengths I was not entirely sure I had. Through collaborating and connecting with SIREN members, I was also able to help others build and develop their resumes to reflect their unique qualities and strengths as well. -Abby Rowe
I had a particularly challenging year this year. Although I wasn’t sure exactly how SIREN would impact my life, I can indefinitely say that knowing I had the support of this group, the conversation, the connection always there for me was incredibly soothing and helpful throughout the challenges I encountered. I am proud to be a member and to be a part of the next chapters of SIREN. -Anonymous
I particularly enjoy how SIREN can feel home to women across a spectrum of life experiences and career stages. No matter where you are in your life, SIREN is a forum to work through any transitions you may be going through personally and professionally.
I find my experience with Siren deepening as time goes on. Attending the events is always fun and informative, but I'm also starting to make some wonderful "gentle connections" with other professional women. I've gotten some good client referrals - and some great clients - without any actual promoting. It's all been a very natural part of getting to know each other and our work better. I even made a nice writing connection - a publisher member saw something I'd written in the Siren book! For me, Siren membership has been valuable, personally and professionally, in a totally organic way - the power of female community!
SIREN provides a good opportunity to connect with women across a range of professions. Sarah Nadimpalli, the Director, is very dynamic and thoughtful in her approach to leading the group. On a personal level, I moved back to Aquidneck Island after several decades of living and working in NYC, and experienced a lot of life changes. SIREN was the first group I joined to connect with local women. A year later, I realized that being a part of SIREN unlocked so many doors for me... on personal and career levels. I met so many new, caring, and supportive friends, and connections that have helped me on a new path. I am so grateful for this group and especially recommend it for anyone new to "the island." -Shelly Cote Olson
SIREN is a great way to bring together the beautiful minds of our community!
My experience with SIREN has centered around finding a community of inspiring, grounded women to share both business and personal ideas with. It has given me an opportunity to meet women in the community in a way that regular networking events do not provide... that has been a blessing! This has been great for collaboration and sharing ideas and as well as feeling truly supported. Through SIREN I feel connected in a deeper way to women than what I believe most other women’s groups would provide. I think the community has been wonderful and being a part of watching it grow been inspiring. SIREN has also been a vehicle to come out of my comfort zone and which has been rewarding, empowering and supportive! -Suzanne Ramponi
I have lived on the Island the majority of my life, but never have I had the opportunity to connect with such a diverse, fun, and supportive group of Women in one setting. SIREN opens doors in countless unexpected, magical ways for those in the co-op and in the wider community. SIREN was also the first home of my business, Sacred Path Reiki, and the group gave me that extra push and support to start my own practice. So pleased to finally see a group like SIREN on Aquidneck Island! -Jamie Heller
I am simply so enthusiastic about SIREN. In working with the Director, I was able to develop my writing voice and contribute a recipe and story from my home of South Africa for the Aquidneck Island community to try and experience. I feel very included in this group and able to voice my opinions and ideas. I am thankful to be a part of this group and would highly recommend it to any women looking to be a part of a forward thinking and welcoming community for women of all ages, stages, and backgrounds! -Xoli Burrell